Darin Barney

Grierson Chair in Communication Studies
Dept. of Art History & Communication Studies

McGill University





The Network Society. Polity Press. 2004. Second printing 2006.

Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit. UBC Press. 2005. 

Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology. UBC Press (Canada/U.K.); University of Chicago Press (U.S.A.); University of New South Wales Press (Aus./N.Z.). 2000.


Other monographs

One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic. The 2007 Hart House Lecture. Hart House/Coach House Books: 2007.


Edited books & journals

Solarity. South Atlantic Quarterly 120.1 (January 2021). Special theme issue co-edited with Imre Szeman. In press.

The Participatory Condition. University of Minnesota Press. 2015. Co-edited with Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, and Tamar Tembeck.

Theorizing le printemps érable. Theory & Event 15:3 supplement. Fall 2012. Co-edited with Brian Massumi and Cayley Sorochan.

Special Issue: Education and Citizenship in the Digital Age. Technē: Research in Philosophy and Technology 9:1. Fall 2005. Co-edited with Aaron Gordon. 

Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice. Rowman and Littlefield. 2004. Co-edited with Andrew Feenberg.  


Scholarly articles

From Solar to Solarity. South Atlantic Quarterly 120, no. 1., January 2021 (with Imre Szeman). 25 pps. In press.

More Liquid than Liquid: Solid State Bitumen and its Forms. Grey Room. Vol. 77, Fall 2019 (with Hannah Tollefson). 38-57. 

Sabotage. “Marx from the Margins: A Collective Project, from A to Z” Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, Issue 2, 2018. 143-147. 

Infrastructure. “Marx from the Margins: A Collective Project, from A to Z” Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, Issue 2, 2018. 79-83. 

 Getting it right: Canadian Conservatives and the “war on science.” Canadian Journal of Communication. 41:1 Spring 2016. Special advance online edition Fall 2015. 1-23. Co-authored with Elyse Amend.

The truth of le printemps érable. Theory & Event 15:3 supplement. Fall 2012. 

Introduction: Theorizing the printemps érable. Theory & Event 15:3 supplement. Fall 2012. (with Brian Massumi and Cayley Sorochan).

I guess you had to be there: The making of ‘Battle River Railroad -- The  Movie’. Canadian Journal of Communication. 37:1. Spring 2012. 213-216.

Gut feelings: A Response to Norm Friesen’s “Dissection and Simulation”. Technē: Research in Philosophy and Technology. Fall 2011. 27-32. *

Eat your vegetables: courage and the possibility of politics. Theory & Event. 14:2. Summer 2011. 1-25.

To hear the whistle blow: technology and politics on the Battle River branchline. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 25. Spring 2011. 5-27.

“Excuse us if we don’t give a fuck.” The (anti-)political career of participation. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts and Culture. 2.2. Fall 2010. 138-146.

Miserable priests and ordinary cowards: on being a professor. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 23-24. Fall 2010. 263-270.

Cittadinanza radicale nella Repubblica della Tecnologia. Italian translation by Davide Calenda. Millepiani, 34, 2008. 33-42.

Politics and emerging media: the revenge of publicity. Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition. 1:1. Fall 2008. 89-106.

Living up to the Code: Engineering as Political Judgment. International Journal of Engineering Education 24:2. February 2008 (with Patrick Little and Richard Hink) 314-327.

The Culture of Technology in Canada. Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens. Winter 2007. 28-31.

‘Taking a shit in peace’: players and workers in the new academy. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 16. Fall 2006. 129-134.

Pour enseigner la technologie: une question de citoyenneté. Le SPECTRE, revue de l'association des professeurs de sciences du Québec. 36:1, Oct-Nov. 2006. 28-30.

The Morning After: Citizen Engagement in Technological Society. Technē: Research in Philosophy and Technology. 9:3. Spring 2006. 23-31.

The Multiplication of Media Platforms: The ‘Privatization’ of Media. Policy Options/Options politique. 27:2. February 2006. 63-66.

Be Careful What You Wish For: Dilemmas of Democracy and Technology. Canadian Journal of Communication. 30:4. 2006. 655-664.

The Problem of Education in Technological Society. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 1:4. 2005. 107-114.

Education and Citizenship in the Digital Age. Technē: Research in Philosophy and Technology 9:1. Fall 2005 (with Aaron Gordon). 1-7.

The Vanishing Table, or Community in a World that is No World. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 11. Spring 2004. 49-66.

Right-populists and Plebiscitary Politics in Canada. Party Politics. 5:3. Spring 1999 (with David Laycock). 317-339.

The Recline of Party: Armchair Democracy and the Reform Party of Canada. American Review of Canadian Studies. 26:4. Winter 1996. 577-605.

Pushbutton Populism: The Reform Party and the Real World of Teledemocracy. Canadian Journal of Communication. 21:3. Summer 1996. 381-413.

The Role of Intellectuals in Contemporary Society. Trans/forms: Insurgent Voices in Education. 1:1. Summer 1994. 89-106.


Chapters in books

Withdrawal Symptoms: Refusal, Sabotage, Suspension. Politics of Withdrawal: Media, Arts, Theory. Eds. Pepita Hesselberth and Joost de Bloois. Rowman & Littlefield. 21 pps. In press.  

Beyond Carbon Democracy: Energy, Infrastructure and Sabotage. Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond. Eds. Imre Szeman and Jeff Diamanti. West Virginia University Press. 2019. 214-228.

Telling Their Stories: Ideology and the Subject of Prairie Agriculture. Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society. Ed. David Laycock. UBC Press. 2019. Co-authored with Katherine Strand. 149-168.

Who we are and what we do: Canada as a pipeline nation. Petrocultures: Oil, Energy and Culture. Eds. Imre Szeman, Dan Harvey and Sheena Wilson. McGill-Queens Univ. Press. 2017. 78-119.

Pipelines. Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy. Eds. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patsy Yaeger. Fordham University Press, 2017.

We shall not be moved: on the politics of immobility. Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries. Eds. Jan Hadlaw, Thom Swiss and Andrew Herman. Routledge.

Pull up the stakes and fill in the ditches: the materiality of intellectual property. Afterword to Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online. Rosemary Coombe, Darren Wershler & Martin Zelinger (eds.) University of Toronto Press. 2013. 

Publics without politics: surplus publicity as depoliticization. Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Approaches. Kirsten Kozolanka (ed.). University of Toronto Press. 2013.

Foreword. The Great Reversal: How We Let Technology Take Control of the Planet, David Tabachnick. University of Toronto Press. 2013.

“That’s no way to run a railroad”: The Battle River branchline and the politics of technology in rural Alberta. Social Transformation in Rural Canada. John Parkins & Maureen Reed, (eds.) UBC Press. 2012. 309-326

Communication technology. The Canadian Democratic Audit: Volume 10. William Cross (ed.), UBC Press. 2010. 197-222.

Terminal City? Art, Information and the Augmenting of Vancouver. The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Media. Barbara Crow, Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, (eds.), University of Toronto Press. 2010. 115-128.

Radical Citizenship in the Republic of Technology: A Sketch. Radical Democracy and the Internet. Lincoln Dahlberg and Eugenia Siapera, (eds.). Palgrave MacMillan. 2007. 37-54.

The Internet and Political Communication in Canadian Party Politics: The View from 2004. Canadian Parties in Transition. 3rd edition. A.-G. Gagnon and B. Tanguay (eds.). Broadview Press. 2007. 371-382.

The Question of Education in Technological Society. Brave New Classrooms: Educational Democracy and the Internet. J. Lockard & M. Pegrum (eds.). Peter Lang Publishers. 2006. 269-282.

Some Thoughts on State ‘Intervention’ in Broadcasting. The Role of the State in Broadcasting Governance. Marc Raboy and Florian Savageau (eds.). Canadian Media Research Consortium. 2006. 198-200.

The Vanishing Table, or Community in a World that is No World. Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice. Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney (eds.). Rowman and Littlefield. 2004. 31-52.

Communication versus Obligation: The Moral Status of Virtual Community. Globalization, Technology and Philosophy. D. Tabachnick & T. Koivukoski (eds.). SUNY Press. 2004. 21-41.

The Democratic Deficit in Canadian ICT Policy and Regulation. Communication in the Public Interest Volume 2: Seeking Convergence in Policy and Practice. Marita Moll and Leslie Regan Shade (eds.). Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2004. 91-108.

Invasions de la publicité: Les réseaux numériques et la privatization de l’univers public. La réforme du droit et la frontière entre le public et le privé. Commision du droit du Canada; Memoires du concours Perspectives juridiques. Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003. 145-182.

Invasions of Publicity: Digital Networks and the Privatization of the Public Sphere. New Perspectives on the Public-Private Divide. Law Commission of Canada Legal Dimensions Series. UBC Press. 2003. 94-122.

The Impossibility of Conservatism: The Discourse of New Right Ideology. Civic Discourse and Cultural Politics in Canada: A Cacophony of Voices. Sherry Devereaux Ferguson and Leslie Regan Shade (eds.). Ablex. 2002. 169-183. Unabridged version here.

Right-populists and Plebiscitary Politics in Canada. In David Laycock, The New Right and Democracy in Canada: Understanding Reform and the Canadian Alliance. Oxford University Press. 2001 (with David Laycock). 94-113.

Political Philosophy. The Puzzles of Power: An Introduction to Political Science. 2nd ed. Michael Howlett & David Laycock (eds.). Oxford University Press Canada. 1998 (with David Laycock) 27-38.


Book reviews

Impersonation: Troubling the Person in Law and Culture by Sheryl N. Hamilton (University of Toronto Press, 2009). Canadian Journal of Communication. 36:2. Fall 2011.

The End of Ethics in a Technological Society (McGill-Queen’s 2008) by Lawrence E. Schmidt with Scott Marrotto. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 21. Spring 2009.

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, by Jonathan Zittrain, (Yale 2008); Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, by Lee Siegel, (Spiegel and Grau 2008). The Globe and Mail. 7 June 2008. D5.

Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (Temple 2006) by Toby Miller. Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, July–Aug. 2007.

The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing Our Lives (Viking 2005) by Ted Sargent. The Globe and Mail. 17 December 2005. D9.

Democracy and New Media (MIT 2003) eds. Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn. Canadian Journal of Communication. 30:3. Summer 2005. 446-447.

The Information Society: A Sceptical View (Polity 2002) by Christopher May; Culture and Politics in the Information Age: A New Politics? (Routledge 2001) ed. Frank Webster. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 36:2. June 2003. 483-485.

The Future of Teledemocracy (Praeger: 2000) by Ted Becker and Christa Daryl Slaton. American Political Science Review. 96:1. 2002. 171-172.



The Movement of Staple Commodities. Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, 8 (1), September 2014.

Dialogue with Darin Barney. Interview by Wendy Pringle. Communication +1. 4 March 2014.

Universities, Futures: A roundtable discussion with Darin Barney, Andrew Piper and Joanna Zylinska. Seachange. Fall 2011.

Darin Barney, interviewed by Laureano Ralon. Figure/Ground Communication. 11 April 2011.  

Publics and the Public Sphere Today – The Origins of the Modern Public. Ideas. CBC Radio One. 30 June 2010.

Philosophy, technology and politics: An interview with Andrew Feenberg. Media@McGill 30 March 2007.



McGill must divest its endowment fund of fossil fuels. Montreal Gazette  10 February 2015 Co-authored with Shaun Lovejoy and Christopher Barrington-Leigh.

A pipeline is a hole. Lines and Nodes: Media: Infrastructure and Aesthetics. NYU Dept. of Media, Culture & Communication. Catalog entry. September 2014.

Economy, politics and the “crisis in the humanities. 4Humanities . 22 March 2014.

We, the pipeline: oil, infrastructure and national identity in Canada. Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy, and Canada’s Future. Annual Conference of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.  6-7 February 2014. Montreal, QC.

Museums as Digital Citizens.  Museopunks. 21 November 2013. 

Pipelines and the politics of sabotage. Public lecture. Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. 04 October 2013.

In Defense of Judith Butler. The Huffington Post. 28 May 2013. 

A certain degree of inconvenience. McGill Daily. 18 February 2013.

Reflections on the 2012 Quebec Student Strike. Communication Studies Speakers Series, School of Journalism & Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. 16 November 2012.

Do you feel lucky? Democracy, communication and the wager of politics. Faculty of Information and Media Studies Students’ Council Speakers Series. Western University. London, Ontario. 15 November 2012.

Why I wear the red square: a list. Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, June 2012.

Thirteen theses on seven days. McGill Tribune. 30 November 2011.

Canadian Wheat Board Plebiscite. Commodities. Business News Network. Feature interview. 9 September 2011.

The End of the Canadian Wheat Board; What’s at Stake? The Huffington Post (Canada). 22 August 2011.

Preston Manning and Darin Barney: A Public Conversation. Presented by Media@McGill. McGill University. 12 November 2009. 

Raising the Innovation Nation: Technology, Citizenship and Education. Noted Scholar Lecture. Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. 3 October 2008.

One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic. The 2007 Hart House Lecture. University of Toronto, 22 March 2007.


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